impressions from the maker faire

at the beginning of august i was at my first maker faire ever — a fantastic and exciting day as it turned out. it was the first german maker faire and was staged at hannover’s congress centre, a short bus ride from the main station.

not exactly living in northern germany i had a 4h train trip ahead of me which for once took place without any delays by Deutsche Bahn. the weather on arrival was fantastic. getting a ticket for the bus was easy, the bus itself was crowded — all going to the maker faire? seemed a bit far fetched. as it turned out, the zoo was a couple of stops before the congress centre, which is were most of the folks got off, but still a sizable crowd continued onwards to the maker faire.

getting a ticket over the internet ahead of time turned out to have been a good decision: there were fairly long queues at the till. once past the entry hall i was faced by a choice between the main hall to my right — chock full of people and lots of interesting stuff to be made out — and the exterior garden area. having just spent several hours on the train i went for the exteriors, saving the main hall for the rest.

cool stuff

a large area where the autocopter folks were showcasing all kinds of quadcopters — spent almost an hour just watching the various flying beasts whizzing through the air — or not when programmed to stay in place: they’d steadfastly refuse to go anywhere else even when pulled away. cool.

interesting stuff

ct hacks stand with lots of interesting and enticing material: books about arduino projects, raspberry pi, tool kit (i bought the screwdriver set, yep), gimmicks.

Railuino
Railuino — need to get my z-scale setup converted to digital!

tl;dr

lots of interesting stuff, very inspiring, fun. will go again next time.

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